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NPA Suffers in Cam. Sur Encounter



CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur— Another firefight has transpired between the government troops and members of the NPA terrorist group in Barangay Payak, Bato, Camarines Sur, Tuesday morning, April 10.

According to the report, the encounter ensued when operating troops from 83rd Infantry Battalion were sent to the said place to verify the alleged presence of the terrorists after receiving reports from local residents who expressed dismay and were fed up with the NPA's extortion activities.

The NPA suffered heavily from the said encounter as they were outmaneuvered by the soldiers during the exchange of fire. The said incident lasted for almost an hour and resulted to the confiscation of three (3) M16 rifles and the death of three (3) NPA members while five (5) suspected terrorists were apprehended by the government troops, of which two were reportedly injured.

Currently, all fatalities and apprehended personalities were turned over to the authorities for the proper disposition while injured persons were given appropriate medical attention. There was no casualty on the government side and pursuit operation has been launched to go after the remnants of the said group.

Maj. Gen. Jesus A Manangquil Jr. lauded the cooperation of the local residents in giving real-time information that served as key for the successful operation conducted. He also added that this Command will not loosen up its security stance amidst pending resumption of the peace talks so that the terrorists will not have the chance to launch attacks against vulnerable people and communities.

Meanwhile, the Command also expressed its deepest sympathy to the bereaved families of those who were killed in the said clash. With this, the Commander, 9ID once again called upon the remaining NPA members to lay down their arms and abandon the armed struggle so that peace and development in the region will be attained. He further said that the use of violence to effect change is not the best solution to address societal issues and concerns. Further, he encouraged the NPAs to avail the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) being offered by our government so that they can join in developmental initiatives that will really make difference in our society.